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DC Area is Number One for Ticks and Wood Acres Can Help

Ticks

Tick Management

Washington DC has the infamous rank as the #1 place for ticks in the United States according to 2012 statistics. The risk of human infection from ticks is greatest in late spring and summer.

Wood Acres Tree Specialists’ Plant Health Care (PHC) is a multifaceted method of care custom designed for each homeowner. It incorporates a specific number of “visits” by one of our urban foresters, which are tailored to both monitor and control the potential insect and disease developments on your plant material. In addition, we also provide a service that controls ticks in your yard to protect you.

Our trained PHC Specialists use the most advanced, state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly controls available. Consistent and timely application is your best defense. Ticks are most dangerous to humans and your outdoor-loving pets in the late spring and summer.

About Ticks
Ticks transmit pathogens that cause disease through feeding. Getting ready to feed can take 10 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of tick. The host may not feel the tick because it can secrete saliva with anesthetic properties. A feeding tube with barbs keeps it in place. The tick will slowly feed on its host’s blood for several days ingesting any pathogens they have. After feeding they drop off and prepare for the next stage of life. The next time it feeds, any pathogens they’ve ingested (like Lyme Disease) can be transmitted to the next animal.

Ticks are able to detect animals’ breath body odors, heat, moisture and vibrations. They wait on the edge of grasses and shrubs near pathways for their hosts in a position known as “questing”.
Things You Can Do Yourself  To Lessen Tick Infestations

  • Keep your yard clean of leaf litter and trash where ticks can hide.
  • Mow your lawn frequently and clear tall grasses and brush around the edges.
  • Keep unwelcome animals from your yard with fencing. They may be carriers of diseased ticks.
  • Have Wood Acres trim low-hanging branches where ticks may be waiting.
  • A 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips between recreational lawns and wooded areas helps restrict tick migration. Contact Wood Acres for wood chips (FREE on an availability basis).
  • Keep wood stacked and dry to discourage rodents nesting there.

Contact Wood Acres to help combat this area problem and protect your loved ones from dangerous ticks in Montgomery County MD and Washington DC. While we are caring for your trees and shrubs, protecting them from damaging insects and diseases, our Licensed Pest Control Operators can give you a little extra peace of mind this summer that your family is better protected also with Tick Management.

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